Ukraine takes back more territory Russia is trying to absorb
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces have made more headway in their broad-front counteroffensive. Troops advanced Monday in an area Russia is trying to absorb. Their breakthrough challenged Russia’s efforts to engage the new force and the threat of it defending the merged area by all means, including nuclear weapons. Ukrainian troops have breached Moscow’s fortifications in the strategic South Kherson region, one of four annexed by Russia. Ukraine’s progress has been so evident that even a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged it. He cited Ukraine’s numerically superior tank units. Also on Monday, Russia released the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Official: U.S. will send more advanced rocket systems to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon provide Ukraine with four more advanced rocket systems under a new $625 million aid package expected to be announced on Tuesday. That’s according to unnamed U.S. officials who provided details of the plan ahead of the announcement. The decision marks the first time the United States has sent more high-mobility rocket systems to Ukraine since late July, bringing the total number delivered so far to 20. These systems have become a key tool in Ukraine’s ability to strike Russian bridges and used to resupply its forces, allowing Ukrainian forces to advance in areas under Russian control.
Oath Keeper Trial: January. Prosecutors say 6 was a ‘rebellion’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates plan an “armed insurrection” to stop the U.S. Capitol attack, prosecutors said in the worst case in the U.S. Capitol attack. transfer of presidential power. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler made opening statements Monday in federal court in Washington against Stewart Rhodes and others charged with inciting the conspiracy. They are accused of a week-long conspiracy to prevent Republican Donald Trump from transferring power to Democrat Joe Biden. Defense attorneys accused prosecutors of picking comments from messages and videos, and said the government had no evidence that there was ever a plan to attack the Capitol.
Planned Parenthood to implement mobile abortion clinics in Illinois
Planned Parenthood officials have announced plans for a mobile abortion clinic, a 37-foot RV that will remain in Illinois, but will be closer since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year. Monday’s announcement comes 100 days after the Supreme Court ruled to strip the Constitution of abortion protections, allowing states to ban abortion procedures. Illinois has not enacted an abortion ban, but neighboring Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee and several other states in the South and Midwest have. As a result, abortion procedures at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights, Illinois, have increased dramatically.
Trump’s rallies edge sidelined ahead of potential 2024 bid
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s rallies have been drawing a broad base of supporters. They used the opportunity to see the president in person to attract first-time believers, who spent days camping outside, following him around the country like followers of a rock band. But for much of the past two years, Trump’s obsession with peddling false claims about election theft has increasingly appealed to those who have broken with reality. This includes followers of the baseless QAnon conspiracy that began in the dark corners of the internet on the premise that the country is run by a group of child sex traffickers that only Trump can defeat.
Ian’s influence lingers, frustration and despair mount
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Days after Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc from Florida to the Carolinas, danger persisted and even worsened in some places. It is clear that the road to recovery from the storm will be long and painful. More than 500,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Florida on Monday, and the weekend before most power is restored will be this weekend. And Ian wasn’t done yet. Officials warned that coastal flooding is still possible from southern Long Island to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, where the only highway to Barrier Island is blocked by sand and seawater. Ian was blamed for 78 deaths, 71 of which were reported in Florida.
Abuse in women’s professional soccer leagues is systemic, report says
Emotional abuse and sexual misconduct are systemic in the sport, affecting multiple teams, coaches and players, an independent inquiry into the scandal that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League has found. US Soccer has commissioned an investigation by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and a law firm after former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim filed allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade. But it’s clear that these problems are widespread. Five of the league’s 10 head coaches were fired or removed for misconduct last season.
Supreme Court welcomes public and new justices again
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began a new term on Monday with new justices on the bench and the public returning to the courtroom for a lively debate in a case that equates environmental protection with property rights. The court’s newest member, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, immediately joined the heated exchange, raising questions about the nation’s main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act, in the nearly two-hour argument. Jackson, appointed by President Joe Biden, appears to be generally in line with the court’s two other liberal justices in supporting the Justice Department’s argument that upholding the federal government’s authority to regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act in response to commercial support challenges.
Wall Street surges for best day since summer, S&P 500 up 2.6%
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied to its best performance since July as falling bond yields eased some of the pressure that battered the market. The S&P 500 rose 2.6% on Monday, the latest move in a rambling market that has mostly fallen this year on fears of a possible global recession. U.S. Treasury yields fell after a weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing report. That could mean the Fed doesn’t have to raise interest rates so aggressively to combat high inflation that’s hurting household finances, but analysts still see more volatility ahead.
New of the Week: Lena Dunham, Mila Kunis and Charlie Puth
New entertainment releases this week include albums by Charlie Puth and The Cult, Mila Kunis starring in the Netflix thriller “Luckiest Girl Alive,” and “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer leading the second season of the “Hello, Jack! Kindness Show.” Lena Dunham adapted and directed Karen Cushman’s young adult novel “Catherine Calls Bird,” a vibrant medieval upbringing about a 14-year-old girl named Bird in medieval England story. What do you get when two of Migos’ three rappers release an LP? We’ll find out when Quavo and Takeoff will “build only for infinite links” for the world without a third member, Offset.